I usually have at least a few cookbooks out from the library. They inspire me, entertain me and provide me with a stockpile of recipes to try. Checking out new cookbooks is also a good way to keep up with food trends. You’d think I’d have enough recipes by now, but I can’t seem to stop. . .
I am always on the lookout for a way to make the incredible sticky eggplant we had at Fujin chinese restaurant in Portland, Ore., on our honeymoon 18 years ago. It was dark, both sweet and savory, and just a little chewy, fried to perfection. To die for.